Depending on the type of CBD oil you possess, you could face criminal charges in Georgia for attempting to fly with CBD oil.
The legal status of marijuana varies from state to state. This creates confusion over what is legal and what is not. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance derived from the cannabis plant. It is hailed by medical professionals as being able to treat pain, inflammation, and other symptoms of potentially serious health conditions. While you may see it sold over the counter in stores and through online retailers, all CBD oil is not created equally. More potent types are illegal to possess in Georgia without a state-issued registration card. Taking these products on commercial airlines could result in drug possession charges. Our Atlanta drug crime attorneys explain the details you need to know before packing CBD oil for your flight.
When TCB Oil is Banned on Flights
CBD oils are generally derived from hemp. Unlike marijuana, CBD has a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical that produces a high for users. In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act , otherwise known as the Farm Bill, was passed by the Senate. This legalized hemp cultivation throughout the United States and led to a variety of CBD products flooding the market. These claim to alleviate symptoms for everything from anxiety and acne to cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The problem arises in the level of THC these products contain. Products sold over the counter and through online providers generally offer CBD oil with less than .03% THC. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced that CBD products at this level could legally be taken aboard flights. However, there are CBD oils with a higher THC percentage on the market, which are prohibited by the TSA. Possession of these oils could result in your arrest.
CBD Oil in Georgia
Georgia has some of the most conservation marijuana laws in the country. Whereas some states allow for both medicinal and recreational use, marijuana continues to be illegal here for any purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) advises that general use or manufacture of CBD oil is illegal, as well. However, you may be authorized to obtain a medical CBD card for treatment of certain health conditions.
Provided you have this registration card, you may be legally entitled to possess up to 20 fluid ounces of CBD oil. Available through a dispensary, it may contain up to 5% THC. While medically necessary and permitted under state law, this amount could still create legal problems if you attempt to take it with you when you fly.
Trusted Guidance From Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorneys
At Ghanayem & Rayasam, we know how confusing marijuana and CBD oil laws are and how otherwise law abiding people can find themselves facing criminal charges. In these situations, we provide the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need. To request a consultation, contact our Atlanta criminal defense attorneys today.